Friday, August 24, 2012

Preservation thoughts for the day

"It is better to preserve than to repair, better to repair than to restore, better to restore than to reconstruct."  -- A. N. Didron, archaeologist, Bulletin Archeologique, Vol. 1, 1839

"The preservation movement has one great curiosity. There is never retrospective controversy or regret. Preservationists are the only people in the world who are invariably confirmed in their wisdom after the fact." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

"Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings." -- Jane Jacobs

At left:  Late 17th century joinery.   We became invoved in the Anna Clapp-Harris House in Dorchester, Mass., through our work with Historic Boston, Inc.

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